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eggshaped
146901.  Wed Feb 14, 2007 8:58 am Reply with quote

I guess, not quite as purile. Also Stephen likes to trot out his South Lancashire accent should the chance arise (e.g. Burnley, benedictine)

 
MatC
146921.  Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:44 am Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:

Your "researchers" are "A team of geographers from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London"

post 90229


Thanks, Egg - the Advanced Spatial Analysis is quite interesting on its own, don't you reckon? It doesn't sound as if it would mean looking up Smellies and Cocks for a living.

 
MatC
148281.  Sat Feb 17, 2007 9:56 am Reply with quote

William the Silent, a sixteenth century ruler of the Netherlands, was assassinated by a man named Francis Guyan. Guyan had turned up at court claiming to be a French Calvinist. William had been impressed by the young man, and appointed him to a diplomatic mission to France. When he met Guyan some time later, still in Holland, he asked him wassup; Guyan said he couldn't afford decent shoes for his journey. William gave him twelve crowns of his own money. On 10 July 1584, Guyan shot William dead.

He was not a Calvinist, but a Catholic; he had been sent to assassinate William, but had arrived at court without a weapon; he used the money William gave him to buy two pistols from one of William’s guards.

‘Amazing Mistakes’ by Michael Johnstone (Capella, 2003).

 
Gaazy
148550.  Sun Feb 18, 2007 1:51 pm Reply with quote

MatC wrote:
Relatedly, we have “embarrassing surnames.”

John Marwood Cleese's father, an insurance salesman, seems to have been easily embarrassed, bringing as he did one line of Cheeses to an end.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cleese









'This is a cheese shop?'

 
Frederick The Monk
156786.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:19 am Reply with quote

MatC wrote:
William the Silent, a sixteenth century ruler of the Netherlands, was assassinated by a man named Francis Guyan. ....... he used the money William gave him to buy two pistols from one of William’s guards.

‘Amazing Mistakes’ by Michael Johnstone (Capella, 2003).


Sadly not true (I've been looking into this for my new book!). William was assassinated by Balthasar Gérard, who was certainly not destitute but working (under cover) for William at the time. The origin of the two wheellock pistols he used is discussed in great detail in The Awful End of Prince William the Silent: The First Assassination of a Head of State with a Handgun by Lisa Jardin.

 
Frederick The Monk
156787.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:21 am Reply with quote

Talking of saucy names, lets not forget John Le Fucker, recorded in 1250 and the first written instance of the word 'fuck' in England.

 
MatC
156797.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:06 am Reply with quote

With a klaxon for anyone who says "Oh yeah, he was in Dad's Army, wasn't he?"

 
Jenny
156800.  Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:12 am Reply with quote

The bird now known as the windhover was, in less mealy-mouthed days, known as the wind-fucker.

 
MatC
165647.  Fri Apr 13, 2007 7:13 am Reply with quote

Here’s one of the best eke names ever: the 17th century highwayman Cardonell Goodman, sometime lover of Barbara Villiers, was known to all as Scum Goodman.

Villiers (1641-1709) was Duchess of Cleveland, and at the age of 19 became Charles II’s lover. She was known as “the fairest and lewdest of the royal concubines,” and bore the king six children. After the king’s death, she seems to have gone off the rails a bit. According to Lord Coleraine, she demonstrated her irreverence by biting the penis off a recently exhumed bishop. Which I suppose would get the job done, fair enough.

Scum Goodman was eventually jailed for conspiring to poison her sons, the Dukes of Grafton and Northumberland. At the age of 64, Villiers married a man called Robert ‘Bean’ Fielding (another Mr Bean) - who was already married. He was sentenced to have his hand burned for bigamy.

Barbara Villiers’ descendents include Lady Di and Princess Fergie.

S: Characters of Fitzrovia by Pentelow and Rowe (Pimlico, 2002).
www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1337084

 
Gray
165679.  Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:13 am Reply with quote

Rugby league star Martin Offiah has the excellent nickname 'Chariots'. Here he goes now:

 
eggshaped
165681.  Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:15 am Reply with quote

Not good as former Oldham defender Fitz Hall, with the eke-name "One Size".

This is he. Apparently he's at Wigan now.

 
Gray
165682.  Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:21 am Reply with quote

He doesn't seem to have fully grasped the nuances of the game, though...

 
MatC
165777.  Fri Apr 13, 2007 10:43 am Reply with quote

And then of course there was Mark “Afghan” Waugh - being less celebrated than his brother, Steve “Tugga” Waugh, he was named after “the forgotten war.”

 
dr.bob
168982.  Mon Apr 23, 2007 7:36 am Reply with quote

A quite unfortunate nickname that I discovered this lunchtime on a trip to the National Portrait Gallery here in Edinburgh, King Malcolm IV of Scotland was known as "Malcolm the Maiden."

According to Walter Scott (that well-known accurate historian) he was given the nickname because he "was so kind and gentle in his disposition." However, a couple of other websites* where I've found reference to this generally agree that the name refers to the fact that he never married and was generally believed to have taken a vow of celibacy. Whilst the former is definitely true, it's impossible to know whether he was truly celibate.

Is there not a more manly word for someone who remains celibate than "maiden"?

*Sources:
http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/scotgaz/people/famousfirst73.html
http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1432575

 
MatC
168991.  Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:02 am Reply with quote

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Whilst the former is definitely true, it's impossible to know whether he was truly celibate


So, he was definitely celibate (which means single) but we don’t know whether he was celibate (which has a secondary, more modern, meaning of abstaining from sexual intercourse).

 

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